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All You Need To Know About Water Kefir

All You Need To Know About Water Kefir. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a guest post from Aksana Fitzpatrick, co-founder of PiQi, giving a beginner’s guide to water kefir. You might have seen milk kefir around your regular supermarket, but there is a vegan alternative; water kefir. It has all the benefits of milk kefir but without dairy.

All You Need To Know About Water Kefir

Water kefir is also known as tibicos or aqua kefir, and it is a refreshing, fermented beverage that has been enjoyed for centuries. Like the more widely known milk kefir, it is made using kefir “grains”, which is a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). But unlike milk kefir, water kefir is completely dairy-free. These grains, which originally were isolated from a cactus plant in South America, feed on organic sugars, fruit, and water to create a probiotic-rich drink that is lightly sparkling and delicately flavoured.

While water kefir has a very subtle taste (compared to kombucha, for example), it can be enhanced by adding fruit, herbs, or juices for a stronger flavour and additional health benefits.


Drinking water kefir has many benefits for your health and well-being. It is primarily consumed for its probiotic properties, as it contains high concentrations of beneficial lactic acid bacteria.

Probiotics (good bacteria) are beneficial microorganisms commonly found in fermented foods like Kefir, yoghurt, and sauerkraut. They help maintain a balanced and diverse gut microbiota by populating the digestive system with friendly bacteria. This can lead to better digestion, nutrient absorption, and a stronger immune system.

Water kefir that has not been heat treated is brimming with vibrant live probiotic cultures. Additionally, the fermentation process produces B vitamins and other beneficial compounds.

Water kefir is a great addition to your daily routine, especially for those looking for a plant-based alternative to milk kefir and yoghurts. It is low in calories and sugar, making it healthier than many other beverages.

You can enjoy water kefir on its own for a little daily boost or use it as a base for smoothies, mocktails (and cocktails), and other drinks. Its versatility and health benefits make it an easy, effortless, and tasty way to look after yourself.

How Is It Made?

Making water kefir is simple and requires only three ingredients: non-chlorinated water, organic sugar, and kefir grains. Dried fruit such as figs and raisins are sometimes added to provide additional nutrients to the SCOBY.

The fermentation process is usually carried out in two stages. First, the kefir grains are introduced into a mixture of sugar and water and left to ferment for 24 to 48 hours at room temperature, followed by a second fermentation (without grains) with fresh fruit, herbs, or various juices to achieve a different flavour profile.

If you’ve already purchased water kefir grains, here’s a simple recipe to get you started:

Basic Water Kefir Recipe:

  • ¼ cup kefir grains
  • 4 cups non-chlorinated water
  • 40g organic sugar
  • 20g organic dried figs or raisins (optional)

Preparation Method:

  • Mix sugar with water in a clean glass jar
  • Add kefir grains and dried fruit, cover with a cloth or paper towel and seal with a rubber band
  •  Let the mixture ferment at room temperature for 24-48 hours
  • Strain the liquid into a bottle (separate the grains and reuse them for the next batch. In between preparations, keep your grains healthy by regularly feeding them with fresh water and sugar and fruit every 2-3 days)
  •  Chill and enjoy

At this stage, the water kefir is ready to drink. It should exhibit a delightful combination of gentle effervescence, tanginess, and subtle sweetness—a raw, fermented, and caffeine-free treat. The finished beverage should be stored in the fridge and consumed within two weeks.

Chilling your Kefir to below 5 degrees will help prevent the build-up of CO2 in your bottle and slow down fermentation.

Homemade Water Kefir

For homemade water kefir, it is advisable to periodically “burp” the bottle by opening the lid every few days, allowing excess CO2 to escape and ensuring safety. Depending on the yeastiness of your culture, it has the potential to become extremely fizzy.

It is important to note that kefir grains require regular nourishment to stay healthy, balanced, and vibrant. They should be fed every 24-48 hours. Unlike kombucha, water kefir is a more delicate culture that demands daily care and optimal fermenting conditions.

If making it yourself isn’t for you, you can buy ready-made water kefir drinks, like PiQi. We make our water kefir in small batches in Devon using organic ingredients, and it comes in four delicious flavours; original fig, grapefruit and cardamom, butterfly pea flower and lychee, and ginger and lemon. Each flavour is crafted to be a nourishing daily treat that’s both refreshing and gut-loving. If you’re buying your water kefir from the store, make sure it is sold in the refrigerated aisle and hasn’t been heat treated, which would destroy the live cultures.

I hope you enjoyed that.

Talk soon


Aksana Fitzpatrick is co-founder of PiQi and Head Brewer. PiQi Water Kefir is a delicious healthy gut-friendly drink full of the probiotic benefits of Kefir. It is vegan, gut-friendly, caffeine-free, raw and traditionally brewed at a small fermentary in Devon. Currently available in four delicious award-winning flavours from selected stores and online from and





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  • Gervin Khan

    This is such a great read, it’s informative and very detailed! I totally love how you give us and share this amazing water kefir. I love trying this too! Thanks!

  • Debbie

    I’ve never tried drinking water kefir but intrigued by the many health benefits highlighted in the post. I’m all about trying new things to aid in health and wellness. Thank you for the easy-to-follow recipe as well!

  • Monidipa Dutta

    Thank you for sharing this informative post about water kefir. I found it really helpful to learn about the benefits of water kefir and how it is made. The recipe you provided is simple and easy to follow. I appreciate the recommendation for ready-made water kefir drinks as well. Overall, a great guide to water kefir!

    • Nikki Wayne

      This is a truly great and very informative post! This is a nice guide to water kefir. Thanks for sharing this with us

  • Beth

    It’s such a probiotic beverage that is linked to various health benefits, including improved immunity and even protection against certain types of cancer. It’s worth trying.

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